Processor

By mxer108
May 28, 2007
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  1. mxer108

    mxer108 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 44

    is there anything else i should know about doing this on my own? and will that be a really fast setup?
  2. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    You might hit some snags, being your first time.

    Make sure you use risers for your motherboard. They keep your motherboard out of contact from the case, and alot of first timers fry their systems because they thought its unimportant.

    Most people panic if the comp doesn't boot up, but most of the time, they forgot a connector or another (most graphics cards these days require their own power, motherboards need power, etc)

    And you'd need to install an OS. That would take about an hour, most likely less, especially if you do it all the time. Bl**dy windows.

    edit: remember, you shouldn't need to force anything anywhere. If it doesn't fit easily, you probably got it the wrong way. If you're reaching for a mallet, you've definately got it the wrong way. You also definately don't need to carve your own notch on the RAM sticks :D (too many pics of that happening).
  3. mxer108

    mxer108 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 44

    so most likely the motherboard wont match up with the same screw holes on the comp already? and what are the risers and where do you get them?
  4. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    You should have risers on the case already. I can't remember if they come with the case, or the motherboard, but if you were buying every individual part new, you'd definately end up with some risers somewhere.

    The motherboard SHOULD match up, but if they don't.... you'd need a new case I reckon.
  5. mxer108

    mxer108 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 44

  6. mxer108

    mxer108 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 44

    and it comes with its one video card right?
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    With a motherboard like that one you really need a better power supply than the minimal HP one... Other than this, anything is better than what you had
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    It's on-board video. You might want to consider upgrading to a PCI-E video card
  9. mxer108

    mxer108 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 44

    ok i really want the best for what i can afford. and what would happend if i tried to run that on the powersupply i have?
  10. mxer108

    mxer108 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 44

    and if i have to get a power supply what is the cheapest one i could get that would power it well?
  11. halo71

    halo71 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,289

    oooh......power supply and cheap should not be used in the same sentence! lol Don't skimp my friend!
     
  12. mxer108

    mxer108 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 44

    lol i konw waht you mean but im just saying what am i going to have to spend?
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    At least 350 watts and about $45...
  14. mxer108

    mxer108 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 44

    ok but im thinking i will just get the motherboard at first and use everything i have now. then when i get more money get the ram and the processor. will the ps be good enough to power it now with just all the stock hardware? and will that motherboard work with my ddr sdram?
  15. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    On and on we go... go ahead and use the power supply. Be careful to plug in the ATX power cable properly. You might notice that the new motherboards ATX connector is bigger than the HP PS connector and that there might be a 4-pin molex connector on the motherboard that the HP PS doesn't have. If this is the case, the HP Power supply won't work with the new motherboard. Your old DDR memory won't fit in a DDR2 socket
  16. mxer108

    mxer108 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 44

    running that powersupply wont fry anything will it? or will it just not run?
  17. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    Go ahead and try it. Keep in mind what I said before
  18. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    It just won't run.

    You would probably just end up with a whole new machine. Upgrading your old machine bit by bit will not see as much performance increase as upgrading at one go, but we all understand budgetary constraints.
  19. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    This is true CMH,
    I just wanted mxer108 to find out for himself. eMachines cases are generic ATX or Mini-ATX cases. You remove all the guts and replace everything, it becomes a home-built computer. Nothing more, nothing less
  20. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    Its still an eMachines!!! It still has that logo on it!

    Maybe they'll still warranty it.....

    I can imagine the conversation:
    "Hi, I bought an emachines about a year back. I'm having a few problems. Yes, I've upgraded it a few times since then. I've added some RAM, then later I added a HDD. Then I decided it was a little slow, so I bought a CPU, but I realised that I needed to get an LGA775 motherboard to go with that, so I bought that. Then I realised I had to change to DDR2 RAM, so I did that as well. I decided to play some games, since my computer's faster now, but I needed a graphics card, so I bought one. It wouldn't work, but it did after I changed the power supply......"
    "So sir, the only thing original in the computer is the case?"
    "not exactly, I'm still using your DVD-RW as well....."
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